I am the mother of a busy, independent and determined 9-year-old boy named Liam. He will be going into 4th grade this year. Recently I ordered the new Dot Watch for Liam and I am in love! I have always believed in getting technology into the hands of my son as early as possible. I got the watch for him because I wanted him to have th
We have all seen "sticker charts" or some sort of tracking sheet that is used for incentives or to reinforce good behavior. I created a tactile incentive chart for my son Liam (9 years old, deafblind). This can be used for reading charts, behavior plans, chore charts etc. I really like this chart because it can easily be used over and over again without having to purchase more stickers or print off new chart sheets...and of course because it is accessible for students who are blind!
The student will earn a "reward" when he collects 10 golf tees.
All children need to feel motivated, but often incentive charts are not accessible to those who are blind, low vision or deafblind. Make an accessible tactile chart for kids who are visually impaired!
My son Liam is a third-grader in a mainstream classroom. Liam is deafblind and a braille reader. His class does something called "Star Student". This is where one child is highlighted for the week; the student gets to write on a special poster that describes things that are important to them.
My son Liam (third grade, deafblind) is learning how to play the game chess. He currently knows the name of the pieces and has labeled his "accessible" chess board already. We worked together on writing the rules for each of the pieces while we learned the game together. He completed one "rule" or one "piece" each day. Liam would write each set of rules either on his brailler or his Focus 14 (refreshable braille screen). We were learning about the game of chess while working on writing complete sentences; making sure we used capitals at the beginning of the sentence and correct punctua
My son, who is deafblind, is learning to play the game of chess using an accessible board. It's a fun way to practice braille literacy skills for kids who are blind or visually impaired.
Each week my son, who is in first grade, brings home four new vocabulary words. The photo on the right shows how new sight words are presented to my son who has cortical visual impairment (CVI) and is in Phase III CVI (Roman-Lantzy). The words are outlined in red, which is his preferred color. This shows the shape of the word more clearly.
Tips from a parent to teach sight words to children with CVI (cortical visual impairment), Phase III, using bubble sight words, with word or letter shapes outlined in the child's preferred color.
Mabel came to our family in September of 2016. She is two years old and is fully blind from left side Microphthalmia and Anophthalmia. She is catching up quickly and really getting the hang of tactile discrimination. It's so much fun to watch her blossom!
Make your own tactile fun bucket for young children who are blind or visually impaired to develop tactile discrimination skills and basic concepts.
We have six children and a ridiculous number of coats, hats, and shoes. When we bought this house 6 years ago I was thrilled to finally have a mudroom!
Then we adopted Anelia in 2014 (fully blind from ROP) and Mabel in 2016 (anophthalmia and microphthalmia) and my mudroom became an inaccessible mess! I think I've finally conquered the mess! Make no mistake, my children who can see expect braille on all their materials just like their sisters who can't see. Braille is truly a family affair in our house.
The mother of children who are blind tells how she used braille labels to make the family mudroom accessible to the whole family.
My daughter Anelia came to us in 2014 from Bulgaria. She basically sat in a chair for her first six years so she is considered "globally delayed." She is fully blind from ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) and has "significant hearing loss" in her right ear. She is non-verbal at this time and enjoys tactile sign language.
A parent shares tips to make your own tactile books at home!